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Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 27 2012

Alabama Creationism Bill Dies

A few months ago I reported about a bill submitted in the Alabama state legislature that would allow students to leave school to take a released-time course in young earth creationism and receive full academic credit for doing so. The NCSE reports that the bill has now died with the end of the current legislative …

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May 27 2012

New Documentary: The Revisionaries

There’s a new documentary out about the science and history revisionism being pushed by the Texas Board of Education. It’s called The Revisionaries and it’s winning awards at film festivals all over the country. Here’s the trailer:

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May 26 2012

Ted Nugent: Super Patriot

While appearing at a concert in Alpharetta, Georgia, Ted Nugent recorded a backstage tribute to the troops. I wonder if he had crapped his pants before he did it, you know, as a sign of his “heartfelt” appreciation of the guys he called “chumps” and “imbeciles” when he was dodging the draft in Vietnam. But …

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May 26 2012

How Many Hands Does God Have?

One of the familiar and idiotic claims we see from the religious right is that God is “lifting his hand of protection” from America for … well, fill in the blank — homosexuality, abortion, feminism, you name it. In fact, we heard it during the founding period from ministers warning against the passage of the …

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May 26 2012

NYPD Officer Just Wants His Respect

Here’s video of an NYPD officer delivering a profane, threatening tirade at someone while appearing to be okay with them breaking the law — as long as they show him the respect he thinks he deserves when he comes around. The New York Post reports:

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May 26 2012

Rock Beyond Belief 2: Electric Bugaloo

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Justin Griffith has announced that a second Rock Beyond Belief is being planned, this time for Camp Pendleton. I hope to be involved again, since I had an absolute blast at the first one. And then I hope we never have to have another one.

May 26 2012

Penn Jillette at Michigan State

CFI Michigan is sponsoring a talk by Penn Jillette at Michigan State University on June 6. The event is at the Hannah Community Center and it starts at 7:30 pm. We’ll be having a get together after the event at a local restaurant as well and I’ll give the details on that as soon as …

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May 25 2012

Those Texas History Curriculum Revisions

Katherine Stewart has an article at AlterNet about the changes made to the history curriculum by the Texas Board of Education that reveal just how bad those revisions were. Some of this stuff is straight out of the David Barton jokebook:

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May 25 2012

Lipkin’s Giant Obama Conspiracy Theory

Right Wing Watch may have discovered the mother of all right wing conspiracy theories. It wraps up Obama being a secret Muslim and member of the Muslim Brotherhood with another wingnut bugaboo, the UN’s Agenda 21. All it’s missing is some blather about chemtrails, HAARP and Freemasonry. It’s from Avi Lipkin, who claims he gets …

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May 25 2012

Rob Tisinai: Not a Demon

I’m not sure how the existence of an online test to tell whether you’re possessed by a demon, especially one owned by Christian fraud Bob Larson, has escaped my attention. But this is funny stuff. Yes, for the low price of $9.95, you can find out if are demon-possessed.

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May 25 2012

Spending Rate Lower Under Obama and Democrats

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Rex Nutting of MarketWatch, which is owned by the Wall Street Journal and Rupert Murdoch, shows that growth in federal spending under President Obama has been considerably lower than under Bush. In fact, the growth in federal spending under Obama and Clinton has been far lower than it was under every Republican president since Reagan.

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May 25 2012

Iowa Republican Platform is Seriously Crazy

The Iowa Republican Party has long been one of the most right wing state parties in the country and their 2012 platform includes a whole bunch of crazy and stupid. You’re especially gonna love the preamble language about how much they love individual liberty:

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May 25 2012

Another Christian Scam

Here’s yet another Christian scam, one aided by megachurch preacher “Bishop” Eddie Long (the same guy implicated in a big gay scandal and who was crowned king by a fake Jewish rabbi a few months ago). And it sounds like a lot like those prosperity gospel scams.

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May 25 2012

Gingrich Groups Landing in Bankruptcy

From the department of schadenfreude, aka Reuters, comes a report that Newt Gingrich’s many cash cows for-profit companies and non-profit organizations are landing in bankruptcy court after his spectacularly unsuccessful run for president left him millions in debt.

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May 25 2012

Alveda King’s Irrational Response to the NAACP

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the NAACP board voted almost unanimously to support marriage equality for gays and lesbians recently. And as I’m sure you won’t find surprising, MLK Jr’s wingnut niece, Alveda King, has responded with nothing but logical fallacies.

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